Charles Wayne Johnson
1945 - 2009
Nelson Funeral Home
162 East 400 North
Logan, UT
Charles Wayne Johnson of Smithfield died Thursday, June 11, 2009, after a valiant struggle with cancer. Chuck was born March 15, 1945, in Chicago, Ill., to John Earl and Emma Fay Johnson. He married Louise Johnson, the great love of his life. Chuck attended the Military Academy at West Point and served in the United States Army. He received his B.A. in history from DePaul University and his M.A. and Ph.D. in philosophy from Michigan State. He completed the Ph.D. in a record time of two years. Chuck was a Professor of philosophy at Utah State University since 1972. Chuck played the snare drum in the Chicago Cavaliers Drum Corps and cherished his memory of being a part of the corps. At USU he spent many years training the drum line of the marching band. Chuck participated in the USU Percussion Ensemble and played the bass drum in a Civil War-era brass band. He also trained dancers to drum for the USU-sponsored Glenn Miller Show. He played percussion and sang in the choir during the Holy Mass at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church in Hyde Park. As a professor in the philosophy program, Chuck was revered by generations of students for his dry wit, his sharp mind and his love of Ludwig Wittgenstein. Chuck the Logician was enthralled with clarity and elegance in reasoning. Alongside his faith, family, drumming and teaching, Chuck had a love of air and space travel and the technical aspects of flight. He studied government reports of air crashes and often knew before anyone why a plane had crashed. Chuck had a passion for the sea, tropical rainforests and the island of Kauai. In the last years of his life, Chuck was received into the Catholic Church and found great strength through his faith. Chuck was preceded in death by his father, John Earl Johnson, and his beloved cats. He is survived by his wife, Louise; mother, Fay; brother, John (Laurrie); sister, Karen (Randy); stepchildren, Karen (Sam), Michael (Heather), Bryan, David and Catherine; his nieces and nephews; and his new grandson, Julian. Louise thanks especially Dr. Ali Ben-Jacob and his staff, Dr. David Reese and the nurses at Logan Regional Hospital, Dr. Stuart Wilkinson, Fr. Clarence Sandoval, Fr. J.J. Schwall, Gladys and Richard Goodwin, Maria Cordero, Richard and Tom Sherlock, John and Barbara Abbott, Suzann Winn, Rich Horrell, Frank and Joan Keepers, and all those too numerous to list who have been with her and her loved ones in this difficult time. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Friday, June 19, 2009, at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church, 725 S. 250 East, Hyde Park, Utah. A vigil will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Nelson Funeral Home, 162 E. 400 North, Logan, with the vigil rite by Fr. Clarence Sandoval at 7 p.m.; and from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. Friday. Interment in the Smithfield City Cemetery will follow the funeral Mass. Chuck loved the simple beauty of wildflowers and anyone who would like to bring some in hand may participate by placing wildflowers on the casket prior to burial. Because of Chuck's profound gratitude for the presence of the Catholic Church when he made his leap of faith and surrender to God, donations to the St. Thomas Aquinas Building Fund would be greatly appreciated. Condolences may be extended to the family online at
Published by Logan Herald Journal from Jun. 17 to Jun. 30, 2009.
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"We called him tortoise because he taught us." He had the greatest influence on his students' lives, including mine. I shall always be grateful for his encouragement and friendship. Thank you, Louise, for caring for him during his illness.
Diana Twede
July 10, 2009
Dear Louise
I had tried several times in the years since I met you to get in touch with Chuck. I manged to see him one more time when I came to pay my respects and say my goodbyes to Ken Brewer. Chuck already knew of his cancer and was so grateful that you had come into his life. He had a tremendous influence on me and others he taught in the late seventies, including Diane Fouts, who sent me notification of Chuck's passing. Your copy of the Tractatus which Chuck gave you, had been a duplicate in my collection. I will miss Chuck, he was a great thinker and an upright man. I wish you the best and send my condolences.
Jim Taylor
June 28, 2009
I am so sorry to hear that Chuck passed and extend my condolences to all that knew and loved him, especially his family. He was my most influential teacher and I, along with many of his students, continue to carry great affection for the time we spent together in class and in the Philosophy club.
Neil Whitbeck
June 19, 2009
Chuck's work with the marching band for many years was not only a great help but was always a source of great moral support for the students and those of us who directed the band. His sense of humor never failed to lighten the mood and refocus the group. He will be greatly missed. Sorry I am not able to attend the services. Please accept sincere condolences.
Dennis Griffin
June 19, 2009
Louise, I was so sorry to hear about Chuck. Haven't been able to reach you but I hope we can talk soon. I'm afraid I'll be out of town and won't be able to attend the services, but you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.
June 17, 2009
Dear Louise, I am very saddemed to hear that Chuck has passed. You both were so valiant. I will miss visiting with you at chemo. My mother and I will have you in our prayers and thoughts. May you and your family soon find peace and comfort.
Jill Israelsen
June 17, 2009
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